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The Dog and Swan

Kensington Gardens, Serpentine Lake and Fauna

15 pics.  –  Just behind the Albert Memorial is a very nice outdoor cafe and one of the entrances to Kensington Gardens.  To the left and a little further north there is Kensington Palace and to the right is the Serpentine Lake with Hyde park on the other side.   You might also like Squirrels up my Leg.

At the cafe


“I don’t know what it is, but I shall defend it to my last breath, or teatime.”

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens
At the end of August.

On the Serpentine

First a word from our sponsor.

Graylag Goose

“No brain cells were harmed during the making of the this travesty but we can’t guarantee the same whilst reading it, and have you got any cake. “

Inquistive Goose

“I say, they’ve got tea and buns”

Dog 2“Do I look like I’ve got a bun”


“What do think of my new paint job and have a got any panini.”

Signor briefly broke of the session to give a small dog a thorough hissing and then returned to a perfect composure.  What it must be to live in the moment.

Signora and Cygnet

Swan and Cygnets

“Don’t look Nigel,  Ma’s gone all tipsy again”.  “Oh look a shiny thing”



“That Odette, what a diva. Not like me I’m so demure, and modest with it.”

Greylag Goose on Land

“Me, I’m firm but fair and proof against meteorites.”

Mr Flogget

“Pay attention class while Mr Flogget demonstrates how we do walking”.    “I’ll confiscate that in a minute”

The Flying School


“Ok, now choose a nice soft landing ground, lower landing gear, throttle back and full flaps – tee hee I’m so funny.”


“Alright not bad, now get off that swan.  These kids, honestly what can you do !”


Never had a lesson in my life.  Wheeeeeeee”

The Preening Salon


“Well of course he got his bill stuck in the mud.  I told him, I said if we were meant to do that, we would have been born with propellers. “

The Last Word

Dusky Moorhen

“It’s like living in a madhouse around here.  Why can’t they be more normal like what I am. “

33 responses

  1. What fun! All the ingrdients needed for a perfect outing~


    November 27, 2014 at 19:08

  2. Haha, love the commentary!


    November 27, 2014 at 21:29

  3. It does look a lot like a mad house with plenty of great characters all about. 🙂 Also looks like a great place for bird photography.


    November 28, 2014 at 05:36

    • Yes it is. Many of the London parks are. The water fowl have become quite used to visitors and seem to like the attention. 🙂

      As for the characters. Geese always make me laugh. They look so serious but act so daft. 🙂

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      November 28, 2014 at 07:21

  4. The pictures are great. I think your swans were better behaved than the ones in my tale this week!


    November 28, 2014 at 12:51

    • They generally are. I think they’ve learned they get more by being cute. 🙂


      November 28, 2014 at 16:12

  5. Friday at lunch (well, it is for me at any rate) is the perfect time for some fowl caricatures. Thank you for translating! I didn’t know you spoke bird. You are a talented sort, Graham.


    November 28, 2014 at 18:10

    • Thank you for the comment. Actually, I speak daft. Wye Aye 😀 😀


      November 28, 2014 at 20:24

  6. What a great series of shots.


    December 2, 2014 at 06:03

  7. Great photos and the captions had me giggling 🙂


    December 18, 2014 at 22:45

  8. Ha ha – what a fun post filled with great shots.


    December 19, 2014 at 05:49

  9. Great pics, and even better commentary. Speaking of “I’ll confiscate that in a minute”, I got one where a buzzard confiscated a heron’s perch, not even food! See https://www.flickr.com/photos/nanditasr/6610286005/in/set-72157628658207851


    December 23, 2014 at 16:40

    • Thank you. A great shot of heron/buzzard. We don’t have any spectacular wildlife in London, but some are quite cheeky. 🙂


      December 23, 2014 at 18:27

  10. Wonderful photographs.


    January 29, 2015 at 01:53

  11. Well, that was a fun visit. Will be back for more another day! *waves back*

    Liked by 1 person

    March 11, 2015 at 20:51

  12. I love dogs! These are such cuties. ❤


    March 12, 2015 at 10:01

    • I’m glad you enjoyed. They do have an abundance of character. 🙂


      March 12, 2015 at 13:55

  13. I love these animal shots!


    April 12, 2015 at 21:38

  14. Beautiful photos.


    November 3, 2015 at 23:57

  15. The caption about ‘ma’s gone all tipsy again’ makes me laugh 😀


    January 6, 2016 at 23:05

  16. What wonderful shots.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 12, 2016 at 19:19

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